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MO - Judge rebukes archbishop & orders predators’ names disclosed ruling, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

In a rare move, yesterday a judge sanctioned St. Louis' archbishop and ordered to turn over possibly dozens and dozens of names of victims and child molesting clerics – over two decades - to a 20 year old woman and her attorney. Both parts of the ruling are unusual and significant.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/judge-orders-archdiocese-to-turn-over-by-friday-names-of/article_85e3927f-54e1-5741-9282-b30616b9dda8.html

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MN - Duluth predator priests names released; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday December 31, 2013

Statement by Verne Wagner, Northeast MN director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), 218-340-1277,lwagsmn@yahoo.com

We are glad that Bishop Sirba is releasing the names of credibly accused priests here in the Northland. Kids are safer every time a child molester is exposed. Having more names of predator priests in the news today in Duluth is a first step in transparency, outreach to victims and support for them.  But this is a first step, and we hope Bishop Sirba will open and release files and documents that tell where and when alleged abuse took place, and the actions that the Bishops did or didn’t take.  With the release of these predator priests, we also hope the bishop includes photos of these clerics as well as their history.

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TX-Amarillo priest convicted

For immediate release Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 cell (SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We are grateful that Fr. John Salazar (also known as Fr. John Salazar Jimenez) pleaded guilty in Texas to a molestation of a child in Tulia, Texas. It is the fourth time that Salazar has faced criminal charges.  He was convicted twice and served time in prison.  

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PA - Lynn released; abuse victims respond

For immediate release: Monday December 30, 2013

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790SNAPclohessy@aol.com)


We are grateful that Msgr. Lynn spent months locked up and hope he will again. We are disappointed that he's been freed and we hope he will not flee the country or take any further steps now to help child molesting clerics in any way.

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MO - Victims blast archdiocese’s “self-serving secrecy”

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Twice recently, St. Louis Catholic officials have violated a local judge’s order. Archbishop Robert Carlson is choosing to keep information about years of horrific clergy child sex crimes and church cover ups hidden, like he and his predecessors have done for decades.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/archdiocese-fights-judge-s-order-to-release-unprecedented-level-of/article_675bc6e8-7e46-5974-b561-a952ba914194.html

They are refusing to obey this judge’s ruling even though he gave them more than six months to comply and even though there’s a protective order that would prevent anyone but two attorneys from seeing the information.

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PA - Victims want Catholic official to stay locked up

Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

For immediate release: Monday December 30, 2013

We support DA Seth Williams' effort to keep Msgr. William Lynn behind bars for now. We too worry that he might flee overseas, like hundreds of predator priests - and several corrupt church officials - already have. Why take the risk that a complicit Catholic cleric might escape justice?

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PA - Catholic official's conviction overturned

Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

For immediate release: Thursday, December 26, 2013

Once again, another high-ranking Catholic official who repeatedly endangered kids and enabled predators is escaping punishment.  

We are heart-sick over this decision and we applaud prosecutors for appealing it. We know thousands of betrayed Catholics and wounded victims will be disheartened by this news.

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MN - More MN predator priests named; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013

Statement by Frank Meuers, Minnesota SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests  (Phone: 952-334-5180 Email: frankameuers@gmail.com)

Today, like yesterday, Minnesota citizens and Catholics learned the names of accused predator priests. And today, like yesterday, the information was made public by responsible news outlets, not by church officials.

Minnesota parents and parishioners should thank the Star-Tribune for revealing Fr. Ambrose Filbin and Fr. Harold Whittet are accused of sexual misconduct and Minnesota Public Radio for revealing that Fr. Harry Walsh is a credibly accused child molester.

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TX - Victims urge bishop to act

Predator priest now lives in Dallas

Catholic officials say he's "credibly accused"

He was "outed" for first time last week in Minnesota

And he supposedly faces a church defrocking trial this month

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

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MI - Victims harshly blast Detroit Catholic officials on abuse

For immediate release Thursday, December 19, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Yesterday, Archbishop Allen Vigneron’s public relations mouthpiece admitted that three times, a brave victim urged Detroit Catholic officials to take action against the priest who molested her but was still on the job. 

The third time, Detroit Catholic officials took action: they offered her therapy.

That is incredibly irresponsible.

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IL - Predator priest is teaching sex ed

He worked in at least 1 Chicago parish

But several bishops hid abuse allegations

SNAP: Catholic officials still “endanger kids

Their “continued secrecy” violates church policies

Those who “saw, suspected or suffered abuse must speak up,” group says

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP President (312) 399-4747SNAPblaine@gmail.com

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IA - Predator priest is teaching sex ed

He worked in Davenport parish

But bishops told no one about him

SNAP: Catholic officials still “endanger kids

Their “continued secrecy” violates church policies

Those who “saw, suspected or suffered abuse must speak up,” group says

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

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